Yarka – YCA
Yarka migrated to the UK in 2006 to work in a nursing home. She is originally from Slovakia and English was not her first language, so she found it very difficult and frustrating at work as she could not effectively communicate with those around her. This made her feel isolated and depressed as she really didn’t receive any social support from her colleagues or her employer.
“There were no human feelings left for me. I came here alone without friends and family and shared accommodation with people from different countries”.
Yarka got married and her husband was the only family that she had in the UK. It was difficult for her to find real friends and support as they moved a lot and were not settled in one area. She moved from Northamptonshire to West Bromwich in 2013 and enrolled onto the ESOL class delivered by Yemeni Community Association (YCA). Yarka’s English was improving and this made her more confident to undertake other courses such as First Aid and Administration.
Since completing the course, Yakra has gained work experience by volunteering as an administrator. Yarka has also been rewarded with the Community Champion Award at the YCA AGM for contributing in the voluntary sector.
“It gave me more confidence not only in looking for a new job, but also to feel more welcome in this area”.